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    System state restore fails - ahhhhh

    I am trying to do a 'test' system state restore onto a 2008r2 virtual server but get the following error at the point the restore should start.

    One of the volumes in the backup is not found on the current computer
    Not sure why restoring system state would care about the volumes but will list the volumes.

    Volumes found on the original server being backed up
    EFI system partition
    C:
    D:

    The VM only has C:

    The original system state backup was from a real server and not a VM.

    Any advice would be very welcome.
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    What VM system are you using, unless using something like Hyper-V 2012 R2 in a type 2 configuration that supports EFI it simply won't work as it is looking for the modern hardware, emulated or otherwise.

    Thanks to server backup you'll probably need a D: partition too.
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    Tried both hyper-v 2008r2 and vmware player with same results.

    So basically my system state backups are useless from a testing point of view and will only work if going onto real hardware. Is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutech4schools View Post
    Tried both hyper-v 2008r2 and vmware player with same results.

    So basically my system state backups are useless from a testing point of view and will only work if going onto real hardware. Is that correct?
    2k8 does not support type 2 VMs and can't emulate EFI, you would need hyper-V 2012 R2 to allow for VHDX and EFI which should let you do this. It is worth moving platforms for a bunch of reasons as 2012 R2 makes 2008 look like a steam engine resource efficiency wise for stuff like disk reads and network throughput let alone memory dedupe.

    At any rate, it should be perfectly possible with up to date VM tools.

    Windows 8 Pro/Enterprise does support Hyper-V and so you can probably even do it fine with that if you are not ready to upgrade the rest of your infrastructure yet.

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    If I am reading the info correctly it looks like even a gen2 hyper-v does not support EFI for Win7 or server2008r2 when they are guest VM OS on 2012r2 or win8.1.

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